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Best-Selling Author Kevin Trudeau Gets 10 Years In Prison For Massive Deception
Business Insider ^ | 03/18/2014 | MICHAEL TARM

Posted on 03/18/2014 12:54:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Best-selling author Kevin Trudeau, whose name became synonymous with late-night TV pitches, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for bilking consumers through ubiquitous infomercials for his book, "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About." As he imposed the sentence prosecutors had requested, U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman portrayed the 50-year-old Trudeau as a habitual fraudster going back to his early adulthood. So brazen was Trudeau, the judge said, he once even used his own mother's Social Security number in a scheme.

"Since his 20s, he has steadfastly attempted to cheat others for his own gain," Guzman said, adding that Trudeau is "deceitful to the very core."

Trudeau, whose trademark dyed black hair turned partially gray as he awaited sentencing in jail, showed little emotion as the stiff sentence was handed down at the hearing in Chicago.

Addressing the judge earlier in a 10-minute statement, Trudeau apologized and said he's become a changed man. He said he's meditated, prayed and read self-help books while locked up at Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: bookreview; fraud; infomercials; kevintrudeau; waronsciencememe; yesterday
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1 posted on 03/18/2014 12:54:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Seems a bit much for selling snake oil.


2 posted on 03/18/2014 12:55:48 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: Sans-Culotte

...so if his books were all so much BS, why did people keep buying them? Ridiculous sentence. Corzine is still running loose.


3 posted on 03/18/2014 12:57:08 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Of course he’s a fraudster. But no more than most writers of self-help books.

Something doesn’t smell right here. They are criminalizing opinion. There are freedom-of-press issues here; they are going after low-hanging fruit to establish a precedent. Then they ramp up from there.


4 posted on 03/18/2014 1:00:31 PM PDT by marron
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To: Sans-Culotte

As always ... it’s “buyer beware” ...


5 posted on 03/18/2014 1:01:12 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: who knows what evil?

For the same reason they keep voting for the Kenyan and various other sub-human filth known as demofilth.... THEY ARE STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


6 posted on 03/18/2014 1:03:50 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: SeekAndFind

Hmmmm.....a fraudster hawking healthcare, using a fake SS#. Sounds familiar.


7 posted on 03/18/2014 1:04:01 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Author Kevin Trudeau Gets 10 Years In Prison For Massive Deception

Nuts, for a moment I thought this was Gary Trudeau.

8 posted on 03/18/2014 1:04:42 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: marron; All
Of course he’s a fraudster. But no more than most writers of self-help books.

Something doesn’t smell right here. They are criminalizing opinion. There are freedom-of-press issues here; they are going after low-hanging fruit to establish a precedent. Then they ramp up from there.

I think you are correct. My wife has several of Trudeau's books and I have read parts of them. We both agree they contain useful information and insights. His offers of ‘free publications’ are not fraudulent. His people carefully tell you that other ‘other offers’ cost money and just say ‘decline’ and the free books will still be free except for a normal shipping charge. This whole prosecution really stinks.

9 posted on 03/18/2014 1:05:38 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: SeekAndFind

First convicted of fraud more than twenty years ago. He has never let up.


10 posted on 03/18/2014 1:07:35 PM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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11 posted on 03/18/2014 1:07:45 PM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Doctor 2Brains

...so Trudeau found a niche...selling books to stupid people. Ten years? Please.


12 posted on 03/18/2014 1:08:25 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?
...so Trudeau found a niche...selling books to stupid people.

So when does Al Gore go to jail?

13 posted on 03/18/2014 1:08:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: who knows what evil?

I was addressing the reason people buy his books, not the validity of the sentence or even the prosecution.


14 posted on 03/18/2014 1:09:38 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Sans-Culotte
I agree - it sounds bizarre.
So he wrote a bunch of books full of blarney and exaggerated claims. Big deal -- there are whole industries built on that methodology. If people choose to bite - that is their prerogative.
There are chronic liars in our Government who cause a heckuva lot more damage and that force us to pay for their blarney (and crap sandwiches) against our choice. Those folks should be spending time breaking rocks.
15 posted on 03/18/2014 1:10:06 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: SeekAndFind

He gets 10 years for basically deceiving people? Obama should spend his life in jail...seriously. He deceived millions of people by telling blatant lies about Obamacare which is costing the taxpayers trillions of dollars.


16 posted on 03/18/2014 1:10:51 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: SeekAndFind
His real problem was with the FDA. According to the FDA, you can't make health claims about ANYTHING unless you first hire their buddies to perform "clinical studies" for millions of dollars.

The FDA is another of the US feral government's continuing criminal enterprises.

17 posted on 03/18/2014 1:11:52 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: SeekAndFind

The last name says it all!

We are stuck with ‘Bébé’ Trudeau (Justin) and suffered for too many years under ‘Papa’ Trudeau (Pierre Elliot).


18 posted on 03/18/2014 1:12:12 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: Sans-Culotte

So when does the Kenyan get to do the perp walk in a cuffs and an orange jumpsuit? Talk about massive deception and fraud.


19 posted on 03/18/2014 1:12:51 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, he’s no more of a fraudster than Joel Osteen. Wonder if they recovered that money stolen from the offerings yet.


20 posted on 03/18/2014 1:13:23 PM PDT by madison10
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To: who knows what evil?
Corzine is still running loose.

'E in the "protected" cla$$; very few Liberals/RINOs ever...
go to jail/prison, shown here, is the exception.

21 posted on 03/18/2014 1:13:24 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: DouglasKC

Obama’s deception will create more economic chaos than any self help author could imagine.


22 posted on 03/18/2014 1:13:53 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: DouglasKC

Two problems

He isn’t black or whatever flavor of the day

He must not have paid off his favorite rats.


23 posted on 03/18/2014 1:13:58 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: marron
Trudeau's weight-loss book describes a grueling, 500-calorie-a-day diet, as well as hormone treatments. The deception, Guzman explained, came in Trudeau's infomercials that misrepresented the contents of the book as laying out "a simple, no hunger ... diet-free method of losing weight," which enticed more people to buy the book.

You can write a book saying anything you want to, but you can't advertise the book as not requiring dieting when it does. That's fraud.

Although I suspect anybody who followed the diet did indeed lose weight!

24 posted on 03/18/2014 1:14:16 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Jane Long

The Way To Get Free Healthcare “They Won’t Tell You About”.


25 posted on 03/18/2014 1:14:44 PM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

I understood that...just a general comment on the entire situation.


26 posted on 03/18/2014 1:15:16 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I guess this proves they really, really don't want us to know about the stuff he wrote about.
27 posted on 03/18/2014 1:15:21 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: iowamark

I always turned the tv channel when he would come on.

Just curious, who made the decision that he was defrauding people when he sold his books?

Something about airlifting stones whilst encased in a melted-sand abode...


28 posted on 03/18/2014 1:15:34 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Sans-Culotte
ridiculous....Will Dr. Oz be next??

He says he's not associated with any of the things he's "selling"...but they have to be sponsors of some sort.

29 posted on 03/18/2014 1:16:21 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

Everyone knows that “Free Money” only comes from Obama’s stash!


30 posted on 03/18/2014 1:17:28 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: who knows what evil?; All
that was the only one given (pictures-wise);
many more can be found easily...

31 posted on 03/18/2014 1:18:39 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: skinkinthegrass

Perfect!


32 posted on 03/18/2014 1:20:16 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Sans-Culotte

So what is the difference between this man selling his cures then Cosmetic companies selling you lotion after lotion promising younger looking skin? Or cosmetic companies telling you that the plumping mascara will make your lashes look younger which they don’t unless you have long lashes to begin with.


33 posted on 03/18/2014 1:22:12 PM PDT by funfan
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To: SeekAndFind
someone should photoshop this and put Obama on the covers and change the titles to "If You Like Your Healthcare Plan, You Can Keep It".

And "If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Him"

And "Obamacare is Revenue Neutral."

34 posted on 03/18/2014 1:22:59 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Sans-Culotte

The problem wasn’t he was selling snake oil, he was selling snake oil in defiance of federal court orders he was subject to. That my friends will get you in the hoosgow.

If you want to write a book about losing weight that requires folks to follow a 500 calorie a day diet, fine... But when you go on TV and tell people your book tells you how to lose weight without being hungry on a 500 calorie a day diet, you are going to get yourself in trouble.

This guys been a bamboozler his entire life, and had courts order him to stop doing it for decades, he kept on doing it... Finally caught up to him.

Lie with dogs, wake up with fleas.


35 posted on 03/18/2014 1:24:31 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: DouglasKC

ah....the piece de resistance


36 posted on 03/18/2014 1:25:18 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sans-Culotte
I'd say so. If this is considered fair, then at least 3/4th of congress and this administration needs to be serving life terms for doing far worse.

Maybe there is something in one or more of his books which really struck a nerve.

37 posted on 03/18/2014 1:26:22 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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Something doesn’t smell right here. They are criminalizing opinion.

If you read the article, there are a lot of bad facts here.

The Federal Trade Commission sued him (civilly) for false advertising. He lost, and there was a court order against him to stop running the ads and pay restitution. He continued to run the ads-- 32,000 times after the court order-- and hid all his money in shell companies to avoid paying the restitution.

The criminal conviction was not for the original false advertising, but for criminal contempt of court.

38 posted on 03/18/2014 1:31:25 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: funfan

This gets more headlines for corrupt prosecutors.


39 posted on 03/18/2014 1:32:14 PM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: Navy Patriot
Nuts, for a moment I thought this was Gary Trudeau.

William F. Buckley thought when his son was talking about "Trudeau", he was referring to Pierre.

All those Elis stick together...

40 posted on 03/18/2014 1:36:44 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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Trudeau violated court orders to pay a $37 million fine for alleged false marketing claims. The judge told him, “You can’t talk your way out of this.”

9/20/13

CHICAGO — A judge in Chicago has released Kevin Trudeau from jail after the infomercial pitchman spent the night behind bars for violating court orders to pay a more than $37 million fine.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that as Judge Robert Gettleman freed the 50-year-old, he warned Trudeau he’s on a “tight leash” and could be jailed again next week.

Trudeau insists he’s penniless and can’t pay the fine that stems from allegedly false claims made in his weight-loss book.

A court-appointed receiver told the judge that Trudeau insists he can’t remember basic aspects about his assets, including which banks some of his accounts are in.

To counter Trudeau’s claim he’s destitute, Federal Trade Commission lawyers Wednesday presented evidence he’s spent $920 on cigars and $359 on two haircuts.

http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/infomercial-king-kevin-trudeau-out-of-jail-after-a-day?ocid=tbmsnnews/tumblr

For someone who says he’s broke, Kevin Trudeau sure owns some fancy cuff links, the feds say.

The white-gold, diamond cuff links from swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe cost the silver-tongued infomercial king and convicted fraudster $12,500, they say.

Then there’s the overseas bookie’s account containing 73,000 Swiss francs; the Australian bank account containing $141,000; $100,000 worth of gold bars; his wife’s new apartment in Ukraine, and the unaccounted-for millions passing through businesses he controls, they say.

For five years, Trudeau has failed to pay a single cent of a $38 million fine U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman imposed on him for flouting a court-ordered ban on making false claims in his diet book infomercials.

Though he was until recently driving a $340,000 Bentley, employing two chefs and was caught spending on luxuries including $180 Vidal Sassoon haircuts and $1,000 worth of fine meats, he continues to insist he is “penniless and homeless” and can’t pay the fine. His lawyers say he’s being unfairly targeted by the “shrill” complaints of the Federal Trade Commission.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/23172101-418/throw-kevin-trudeau-back-in-jail-for-hiding-assets-feds-say.html


41 posted on 03/18/2014 1:47:04 PM PDT by kcvl
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Trudeau’s activities have been the subject of both criminal and civil action. He was convicted of larceny and credit card fraud in the early 1990s, and in 1998 he was sued by U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for making false or misleading claims in infomercials promoting his book The Weight-Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About. In 2004, he settled that action, by agreeing to pay a $500,000 fine and consenting to a lifetime ban on promoting products other than his books via infomercials.

On Nov. 29, 2011, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a $37.6 million fine levied against him for violating that 2004 settlement. Additionally, on remand, the district court modified its final order, requiring that he post a $2 million bond before engaging in future infomercial advertising. In April 2013 he was reported to have filed for bankruptcy to avoid fines and stay further Federal prosecution.

In September and October 2013, he was twice briefly jailed for continued failure to pay fines related to his conviction, pleading poverty while continuing to live a lavish lifestyle. In November 2013, Trudeau was convicted of criminal contempt and incarcerated. On March 17, 2014, Trudeau was sentenced to 10 years in jail stemming for his November 2013 conviction of criminal contempt.


42 posted on 03/18/2014 1:48:07 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: SeekAndFind

He’ll talk his way out of it — a new infomercial is on its way.


43 posted on 03/18/2014 2:01:18 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind; Condor51

Profit from climate alterations “they” don’t want you to know about! Own the local weather forecast and make media pay for it!.

Wehn will Al Gore spend time in the Chicago Metropolitan?


44 posted on 03/18/2014 2:03:12 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: SeekAndFind

Dang, was hoping it was the cartoonist.


45 posted on 03/18/2014 2:19:36 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: SeekAndFind
I see a new book on the horizon:

"Free Room and Board Methods "THEY" Don't Want You to Know About" by Kevin Trudeau

46 posted on 03/18/2014 2:22:09 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: listenhillary

Correct! Obama makes Trudeau look like a kindergartner as a “fraudster”!


47 posted on 03/18/2014 3:19:11 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is incredible.

How many other ‘authors’ should ALSO go to prison?
How many salesmen?

They all go to jail for ‘embellishing’?

Hey, nobody HAS to buy Trudeau’s books. I’ve seen the guy for decades and he’s never convinced me to part with one dime.

Our current congress and idiot president, however, are FORCING me (all of us) out of my money - by LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Which is a bigger crime? Which deserves lengthy prison sentences???


48 posted on 03/18/2014 3:39:34 PM PDT by joethedrummer
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To: Sherman Logan

But for that you get 10 years?


49 posted on 03/18/2014 3:42:13 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: kcvl
The white-gold, diamond cuff links from swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe cost the silver-tongued infomercial king and convicted fraudster $12,500, they say. Then there’s the overseas bookie’s account containing 73,000 Swiss francs; the Australian bank account containing $141,000; $100,000 worth of gold bars; his wife’s new apartment in Ukraine, and the unaccounted-for millions passing through businesses he controls, they say... Though he was until recently driving a $340,000 Bentley, employing two chefs and was caught spending on luxuries including $180 Vidal Sassoon haircuts and $1,000 worth of fine meats...

Dang, maybe I should write some books.

50 posted on 03/18/2014 3:59:15 PM PDT by marron
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